Topic ID #31268 - posted 2/17/2014 2:17 AM

Public History Internship - Stones River National Battlefield, TN

Jennifer Palmer

Public History Internship
Expected Dates
May 27, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Stones River National Battlefield
Position ID
Public History Interns will work with and learn from National Park Service employees and volunteers as they help the public find meanignful ways to make intellectual and emotional connections to the cultural and natural resources of Stones River National Battlefield.

After completing the required online training courses and a full week of orientation training at the park. Interns will participate in the following activities/duties.

    Provide informal interpratation and orientation information to the public at the park’s visitor center;
    Conduct park roves to offer interpretive opportunities to visitors throughout the battlefield and monitor the condition of park resources;
    Research, prepare and present guided tours and formal talks to visitors;
    Assist in management of parks museum and library collections by completing assigned projects; and
    Research and perpare at least one non-personal interpretative media item. Products may include: publications such as a rack card or site bulletin, videos, temporary museum exhibit, web page(s), social media posts, and smart phone apps.

Interns will receive training in the safe use of 19th century muskets and artillery and have the chance to participate in the park’s living history programs during the summer. Interns will also assist in management of special events and group volunteer projects as necessary. Aprroximately ten percent of an interns time will be spent working on resource management projects such as exotic plant management.

    Location Description
    Stones River National Battlefield is a 650 acre park that commemorates the Battle of Stones River, one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. It is located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a rapidly growing urban area near the geographic center of the state, located about 30 miles south of Nashville. Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University, one of the largest colleges in the state.
    Training Provided
    National Park Service developmental training online. The first full week of June will be orientation training. On the job training in interpretive skills, resource management tasks, and customer service.
    Educational/Recreational Opportunities
    Murfreesboro has all the entertainment, shopping, and dining a typical medium sized college town might have.
    Handicap Accessible?

Main Area of Focus
Education and Interpretation
Education, Training & Skills Expected
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AmeriCorps Eligible
Date Flexibility
Flexible 1-2 Weeks: Start or end date is flexible by 1-2 weeks
Housing or Stipend Provided?
Interns will have their own bedroom in a shared three-bedroom house. Houses are furnished including cookware, tableware, bedding, and linens. Park will pay for basic utilities (water, gas, and electric). Residents are responsible for phone or cable access if desired.
US Citizenship

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